The United States pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai hosted a panel discussion entitled “Benefiting from International Partnerships in Space Exploration”, which included members of specialized companies, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Jacobs Engineering Group.
The speakers discussed ways of cooperation between countries and each other and between governments and private sector companies in space exploration, and the importance of these discoveries in solving environmental and climate problems facing the planet.
“The first step before any international partnerships in space exploration is to understand the nature of the sector,” said Colgate Gatta Ora, president of Boeing Middle East, Turkey and Africa. Then every company and every country will know its required role and what it can provide in this regard.”
Don Hecton, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Space, Technology and Nuclear Business for Jacob Group, emphasized the importance of collaboration to drive innovation, especially among young people. So we have to cooperate.”
She added, “Space discoveries will benefit the entire issue of climate and sustainability, which is a critical issue for everyone at the present time and requires the solidarity of all countries. How can we create an ecosystem without identifying pathways that emit a lot of carbon; When we put in powerful satellites, we can then see what happens to the planet.”
“We want to be pioneers in using space technology for food security and help solve the climate change crisis,” said Allen Herbert, Managing Director of Start Lab Oasis. I see the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region as going to be one of the strongest regions in terms of space, and we look forward to being a part of that.”
He continued: “Space is for everyone, and everyone must participate in it; That is why I always talk about the emerging countries of space, namely the countries of the Middle East, Africa and Latin America; This is the time for all of them to get involved, and I hope to see more American companies partnering with space entrepreneurs from these countries. We have the perfect time for everyone to participate, and I’m excited for that.”
Robert Harward, CEO of Lockheed Martin in the Middle East, discussed the research universities model of cooperation. He said, “We see a bottom-up approach between students and universities in sharing information better than government agencies and private companies, this may become the model for the future.”
He added: “For me, space is a place that everyone aspires to go to, and I think discussions like the ones that happen (at Expo 2020 Dubai) give everyone the ability to participate in some way. I would like to see an all-inclusive treaty for space exploration.”
The event comes within the Space Week, which will be held from October 17 to 23, and is the second in a series of 10 topic weeks organized by Expo 2020 Dubai within the framework of the Man and Planet Earth programme, which includes a number of knowledge and entertainment events related to related topics.